ISSUE 15, October 2005
Historic: Nelson and Freemasonry
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's Speech
Grand Lodge: Quarterly Communication
Hurricane Katrina: Grand Charity Relief Chest
Royal Arch: John Knight
Masonic Embroidery: A stitch in time...
Travel: Walzing along the Danube
Specialist Lodges: Martial arts
Library & Museum: The two Freemasons' Halls
    Anniversary: Jersey's Liberation
Anniversary: Dorset's 225 years
Obituaries: Lord Swansea OSM
Pro Grand Master: Whither directing our course?
Charmian Hussey: A Mason's wife on Masonry
International: The Grand Lodge of Israel
Education: Sheffield's big plans
Education: Forthcoming events
Education: The Second Degree
Masonic Charities
Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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Æthelstan’s tomb in Malmesbury Abbey
    Canonbury Masonic Research Centre

Conference (5–6 November): Seeking the Light – Freemasonry and Initiatic Traditions

Day 1: CMRC Trustees (Carole McGilvery); Freemasonry as an Instrument of Initiation (Kirk MacNulty); Baptism and Masonic Initiation – Comparisons and Contrasts (David McCready); New Approaches to the Study of Masonic Rituals of Initiation (Dr Henrik Bogdan); Two Distinctive 18th Century Forms of Initiation: The Grand Lodge of All England and the St Lawrence Ceremony (Rev Neville Barker Cryer); Ritual Reform and Identity in The Netherlands 19th Century (Anat Harel); Masonic Ritual as Symbols of Universal Order (Andrew Falconer).

Day 2: Entering the Courts of Heaven – Rituals of Initiation in Late Antiquity (Dr Peter Maxwell Stewart); The Society of Gardeners’ Initiation Rites 1610 (Robert Cooper); Ritual Actions and Meaning Among Freemasons – A Sociological Approach (J Scott Kenney); Sir Michael Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage – An Initiatic Journey Through the Central Themes of Druidry (Philip Carr-Gomm); Seeking Enlightenment – Initiation and Ritual of “Oriental” Candidates (Pauline Chakmakjian).

Canonbury Diary Dates 2006
Spring and Summer Programme

16 February: Sir Francis Bacon, Religion and the Secrets of Freemasonry (John Acaster).
16 March: Alchemy and Astrology – the Hidden Tradition of the Rosicrucian Alchemical Text of Atalanta Fugiens 1617 (Peter Nockhold).
20 April: The Old Gods and the Craft Traditions in Medieval Ireland (John Carey).
18 May: The Angelic Legacy of Dr John Dee (David Rankine).
15 June: The History and Nature of Modern Paganism (Professor Ronald Hutton).

For further information contact Carole McGilvery: T. 0207 226 6256. e-mail: or visit the web site at:

The Cornerstone Society

5th Northern Conference
     This conference will be held at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4PE on Saturday, 12 November under the title “The Three Great Pillars”. Speakers: Bob Cooper, Clive Hicks, Karel Musch and Kai Hughes. Tickets: £15 including a light lunch. Registration: 9.30am.
     Applications to The Cornerstone Society, 17 Park Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 5AX.
     Full details on the website: or email:

Lecture Tours

The series of lectures to private lodges will continue. Any Lodge or Chapter interested in hosting a lecture should contact The Cornerstone Society, 26 Park View Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4JE or email Centre for Research into Freemasonry,

University of Sheffield

The Centre is holding the following public seminars this autumn:
4 October: Pierre Mollier (Grand Orient of France): Two Centuries of French Masonic Historiography (organised with the Department of French. 3pm, Departmental Library, Department of French, Room 7.28, Floor 7, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN).
10 November: Tom Steele (University of Glasgow): Freemasonry and Positivist Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century European Popular Education Movements.
7 December: Jeffrey Tyssens (Free University of Brussels): Processes of Politicising Freemasonry: the Belgian Example in the Nineteenth Century.

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held at 5.15pm in the Department of History, 387 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HQ.
     Audio recordings are available about one week after the seminar from the Centre’s web site: (note change of web address).
     For further information, contact the Centre’s administrator, Julie Banham, CRF, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN (e-mail:; tel. 0114 222 9890; fax 0114 222 9894).
     The Centre is organising a Study Day on 26 November on the Anglo-Saxon King Æthelstan (893/4-939), who occupies a central place in Masonic mythology. The medieval Cooke and Regius manuscripts state that Æthelstan granted the stonemasons a charter authorising them to hold assemblies and that he made a series of ordinances to regulate the craft, which allegedly formed the basis of the ‘Old Charges’ of the Freemasons.
     Who was Æthelstan? will present some of the latest historical research on him, including a lecture by Professor Sarah Foot of the University of Sheffield, author of the entry on Æthelstan in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
     Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm. Cost: £95, including lunch. Venue: Tapton Masonic Hall, Shore Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield, S10 3BU. Contact Julie Banham.
     Copies of the Centre’s illustrated annual report are available from Julie Banham, price £1.50 (including p&p).

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